New America in the News: 2014

New America staff and fellows appear regularly on radio and television, and are frequently quoted in media outlets of all types. A selection of that coverage is available below.

Meet the Man Who's Trying to Predict and Fight Tech's Future Battles | BuzzFeed

June 11, 2014

Sascha Meinrath is tired of fighting tech's biggest policy battles from behind. As the founder of the Open Technology Institute, an institution that's been advocating open internet initiatives since 2008, Meinrath in April launched X-Lab, an ...

Teacher, School Accountability Systems Shaken Up | Education Week

June 10, 2014

"The concern is, of course, is that if you're pausing these consequences, are you going to unpause them?" said Anne Hyslop, a policy analyst with the New America Foundation, a Washington-based think tank.

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12 Questions About Bowe Bergdahl, Answered | Vox

June 10, 2014

According to Anand Gopal, an expert on the Taliban at the New America Foundation, "of the five released Taliban," he writes, "only 2 have the potential to make an appreciable impact on the battlefield: Fazl & Noori...Khairkhwa isn't a military ...

What Obama's Plan To Lighten Loan Burdens Means For Mbas | Businessweek

June 10, 2014

That's the same monthly burden as someone who owes $80,000 but earns the same amount, calculates Jason Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan public policy institute. And since both ...

China Thinks Hillary is Bossy | Foreign Policy

June 10, 2014

Foreign affairs specialist Walter Russell Mead describes her as "a realist who believes that the United States and China can reach a genuine accommodation based on economic interests and a common desire to avoid war." What do the Chinese and their ...

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Privacy Advocates Strategize on USA FREEDOM | Politico

June 9, 2014

A host of privacy advocates huddled in Warrenton, Virginia this weekend for a closed-door meeting aimed at setting their strategy for how to improve the USA FREEDOM measure — and how best to respond if they fail to do that. The meeting, part of the annual Computers, Freedom, Privacy conference, comes just as the fight is picking up steam in the Senate.

Tyson Foods Wins Hillshire, Eyes Breakfast Growth | The Chicago Tribune

June 9, 2014

Christopher Leonard, author of the recently released book “The Meat Racket: The Secret Takeover of America’s Food Business,” said the merger would give consumers fewer choices at the grocery store.

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Days Apart, Two States Opt to Replace Common Core | Education Week

June 6, 2014

The recent activity, particularly in the case of Gov. Fallin, shows that while the common core remains a second-tier issue for many of its supporters in the political arena, opponents of the initiative have built a passionate campaign against the standards, said Conor P. Williams, a senior researcher at the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank.

“The majority of supporters aren’t going to vote for me because I defended the common core,” Mr. Williams said of current or prospective officeholders.

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DIY Manifesto

June 6, 2014

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401(k) the New Piggy Bank | Benefits Pro

June 6, 2014

“You have to pay taxes and pay penalties, so up front you’re getting back less than what you put in, and then the double-whammy is you are damaging your long-term savings prospects, money that’s invested and expected to grow,” said Justin King, policy director of the Asset Building Program at the New America Foundation. “A lot of folks would have been better off putting the money into a savings account at a bank.”

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Why A Sprint-T-Mobile Merger Would Be Terrible For Customers, In 1 Chart | The Huffington Post

June 5, 2014

"T-Mobile has become an agitator to the industry," said Lina Khan, a policy analyst at The New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy group. "I think that allowing it to merge with Sprint would sap the industry of some of the competition that's been vital for the public."

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The Snowden Leaks: One Year Later | The Hill

June 5, 2014

“We wouldn’t even begin to have that public debate about those programs if we didn’t know they existed. And now the public does know, thanks to Snowden,” said Kevin Bankston, policy director at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute.

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Cybersecurity Boosted After Snowden NSA Revelations | U.S. News & World Report

June 5, 2014

Reset the Net is the latest step in a “renaissance of Internet security” since former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents to the press about agency surveillance on Internet companies, says Kevin Bankston, policy director of the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.

“Countless organizations and companies have really stepped up their game when it comes to hardening their systems and protecting the security of our communications,” Bankston says.

Guantanamo Bay: What Happens When Detainees Held For Years Get Out? | CNN

June 4, 2014

Peter Bergen, a CNN national security analyst, and Bailey Cahall, wrote in an op-ed last year that dozens of detainees cleared for release years ago "remain in seemingly perpetual custody." "They have found to be guilty of nothing, yet they are being ...

Here's What We Know About The Taliban Fighters Obama Just Released From Gitmo | Vox

June 4, 2014

Anand Gopal, an expert on the Taliban at the New America Foundation, thinks some of them could pose a real threat. "Of the five released Taliban," he writes, "only 2 have the potential to make an appreciable impact on the battlefield: Fazl & Noori ...

Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused | Motherboard

June 4, 2014

Cities are beginning to see the importance of providing their residents with cheap, fast, and open broadband networks, and at least 89 cities and towns nationwide now offer fiber to their residents as a publicly owned utility. Patrick Lucey, one of the authors of the New America report, told me that the number of communities that actually offer fiber "doesn't capture the amount of conversations and attention that broadband infrastructure is getting."

The Battle Over Private Search | KCRW

June 4, 2014

Of all the news to come out of this week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, one update went almost unnoticed: Apple is partnering with a small startup to make online searching more private. Is this a shot across the bow for Google? And what does it say about the future battle for user privacy? We discuss this and other tech news with journalists from Slate’s Future Tense blog.

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China, U.S. Tensions Run High At Sea And Under The Sun | The Wall Street Journal

June 4, 2014

But OPEC has the chance to rise again, says Quartz's Steve LeVine. The International Energy Agency has put a 10-year deadline on America's fracking bonanza, after which there's a chance to return to business as usual for the Sheikhs. But as the Journal ...

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